GM Diversity: Buick Achievers Attend An Evening of Stars

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is one of the largest in the country. Since its inception in 2011, the program has provided $16.5 million to students desiring to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as those related to the auto industry. Many of the recipients are the first in their families to pursue a secondary education.

“This scholarship has opened so many doors for me and my family,” said Buick Achiever Nartezya Dykes, who is pursuing a degree in computer science at Spelman College. “It has enabled me to focus solely on receiving the best education possible. I’m setting the standard and inspiring others in my family to reach their full potential by pursuing a higher education.”

Dykes was one of the Buick Achievers Scholarship recipients honored during the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) annual An Evening of Stars, celebrating student excellence and rising graduation rates among minorities. Showing their support for the cause was an impressive roster of A-listers, who walked the red carpet, appeared onstage and drew audience applause throughout the event, including Monica, Usher, Cedric the Entertainer, Jill Scott, Trey Songz and Fonzworth Bentley.

An Evening of Stars aims to inspire other students to graduate from college. As longstanding supporters of the UNCF, General Motors and the General Motors Foundation have donated more than $15 million to the organization over the last two decades to make college more accessible, affordable and attainable for minorities and other outstanding students.

Part of the support for the UNCF comes through the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, which is funded by the GM Foundation. As one of the largest scholarship programs in the country, Buick Achievers focuses on awarding scholarships to students desiring to study STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as those related to the auto industry. The GM Foundation works with the UNCF to help administer the program for students that attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In addition to Dykes, two other Buick Achievers – Oneisha Hall from Tuskegee University and Ty’Quish Keyes from Morehouse College – attended An Evening of Stars, as well as the UNCF Empower Me Tour recently held at Morehouse.

“For 70 years, the UNCF has been changing the face of education to help African-American high school students go to college,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “More than ever, students need a college degree to compete and succeed, and by providing access to significant scholarships, we’re investing in tomorrow’s leaders.”

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